Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., became the tenth president of Saint Martin’s University on January 1, 2009.
A native of the Northwest, Heynderickx earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Oregon in 1975, an M.B.A. from the University of Portland in 1983, and his Ph.D. in education administration from the University of Oregon in 1992.
Heynderickx is very familiar with Saint Martin’s Benedictine tradition having grown up in Mount Angel, Oregon where he attended high school at the Mount Angel Abbey High School run by Benedictine monks.
Heynderickx has worked in Catholic higher education for over 28 years, 15 of which have been at the senior management level. Prior to Saint Martin's, he was responsible for a division of over 400 staff members and oversaw the University of San Diego’s finance and administration division, including endowment investments, facilities management, and the budget. Before then he had spent 27 years at the University of Portland, ultimately serving as its chief financial officer. At the University of Portland, Heynderickx participated in a major institutional strategic planning process that led to a significant redirection of the university’s focus resulting in a strengthened institution. In addition to his administrative work, Heynderickx served as an adjunct professor in the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business and gave a number of lectures and workshops for a variety of professional organizations.
Heynderickx is an appointed commissioner to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the body which accredits institutions of higher learning in the seven-state Northwest region. He previously served as an evaluator for the NWCCU, where he focused on smaller colleges and universities—giving him a unique understanding of Saint Martin’s. He is also a board member at the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, the Independent Colleges of WA (ICW), the Association of Washington Business (AWB), Great Northwest Athletic Conferences (GNAC), Washington Higher Education Facilities Authority (WHEFA) and most recently, the Fulcrum Foundation.
He and his wife, Kathleen, have three children: Marc, Troy, and Kathryn.